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AAC Championship: Temple at Houston

With a win this past weekend, Temple secured their first 10-win season since 1979 and their first division title since 2009 (MAC East). The Owls defense has been turning it on at the right time this season. Following a bad loss to USF, Temple has allowed an average of just 185 yards and 7.5 points per game.

Shark Bites
  • Houston is 0-3 ATS in their last three following a win.
  • Houston is 7-1 SU against the AAC while Temple is -1 within the conference.
  • Temple running back Jahad Thomas has a touchdown in all but one game this season.

With a dominant win over Navy last week, Houston has placed themselves as front-runners to get the Group of 5 spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl. Greg Ward Jr. showed some of his amazing potential in the Cougars win over the Midshipmen, with the junior throwing for 308 yards and three touchdowns while adding 83 yards and another score on the ground.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Houston Cougars pegged as -7-point favorites in this matchup. The total, meanwhile, had yet to be posted as of writing - check the lines shortly.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Cougars to win this game on Saturday 38-29. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Temple Owls vs Houston Cougars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Houston Cougars are 11-1 overall and 7-5 ATS against the spread, while the Owls are 10-2 and 9-3 ATS. As for the totals, Houston is 5-6-1 on the OU, and Temple is 5-7 Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Temple injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 8-rated Houston Cougars and the No. 31-ranked Temple Owls, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Houston's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 42 PPG, against a Temple defense that ranks No. 16 this week at 18.75 PPG. The Houston aerial game is averaging 259.08 yards per game, more than the Temple Owls secondary allows through the air, 211 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Temple Owls own the league's No. 54-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 167.33 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 26 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jahad Thomas tore up the turf for 119 rushing yards in the latest Owls game, a 27-3 win over the Huskies at Lincoln Financial Field.

In their last game, Houston's aerial attack generated 308 yards and the Cougars came away with a 52-31 victory over Navy at TDECU Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Temple is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Temple is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple's last 6 games
  • Temple is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home